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Rose v. Council for Better Education (KY, 1989)

Rose v. Council for Better Education challenged Kentucky's school finance system. The organization Council for Better Education, Inc. claimed the system violated the Kentucky Constitution. The clause states that the “General Assembly shall, by appropriate legislation, provide for an efficient system of common schools throughout the state.” (Ky. Const. 183). It also alleged the system violated the due process law clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The council alleged there were state wide inequities and inequalities. The current school finance system failed to provide a quality education for all students in Kentucky due to inadequate funding throughout the state. Plaintiffs from sixty-six rural districts filed a suit. The council modeled the suit after Serrano, stressing the impact on rich districts verses poor districts. The board for the Council for Better Education argued the entire financial system was inefficient. The Council for Better Education received support from a committee called the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the committee's coordinator, Robert Sexton. Sexton was instrumental in leading educational reform in Kentucky. The Prichard Committee used the media to publicize a report called A Path to a Larger Life. The report focused on topics crucial to education reform. Some of the topics were school finance, school governance, educational outcomes, curriculum reform, and teacher training. The report became evidence in the court case Rose v. Council For a Better Education before the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The Kentucky Supreme Court struck down Kentucky's finance system. The court declared it was unconstitutional and ordered statewide implementation of a new finance system. After the ruling a reform act was passed Kentucky…...

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